Dear Church Family,
On July 4th there will be many parades in America. One of the smallest will happen in our county, over in Oceanside. It lasts about half an hour and is less than a quarter mile long. It goes from one stop sign to the next stop sign in beautiful, downtown Oceanside. The Netarts-Oceanside Rural Fire Protection District (NOFD) directs the traffic and always features its biggest engine, usually 61-12. But this year we will parade two of our engines, and 61-12 will not be one of them.
Netarts-Oceanside Fire has purchased a new engine for station 62. If you have gone to the beach at Oceanside then you have gone by Station 62. It is right next to the Three Capes Inn and across from Roseanna’s Restaurant (try the pear/pasta dish there…wow, is it delicious!). The old, 1963 Ford Engine 62-14 is being replaced by a 2018 four wheel drive International type 3 Engine, which will carry the numbers 62-14. The “retired” engine is going to the Oregon State Fire Museum in Brooks with honor.
The old and the new traveling together. Seems much like the Church we ride together in. The old and young. The wise and the passionate. For the old engine 62-14 it has been a good run. It has fought fires and protected a community. It is hard to drive, no power steering and interesting brakes. Everyone admits that the bumper mounted pump is easy to operate and far stronger than anything the new engine put out. But it is time. And the new engine is here.
So for us, here in Tillamook, how do we continue to fight the fires of hell when the battle lines are continually changing? We have a great history and many battles have been won. We have a faithful battalion of believers who have struggled and sacrificed to have a beautiful place to worship, a fine and wonderful school, and a community service building that truly serves this community. So how do we take these good things and transfer them to a new generation to use as tools for the kingdom of God?
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, men and women alike.” Joel 2:28-29
So how do we take these good things and transfer them to a new generation…? WE DON”T! Unlike the old engine 62-14 and the new engine 62-14, we don’t retire the old one and put it in a museum. The success of the church is found in the old and young, men and women, slave and free, all under the outpouring of the Spirit and dreaming and visioning and working together as we move toward the kingdom of God! Both will find that it is often a “little tight” at the station house, but if we would value the contributions of all generations, genders, gifts and talents, then we will be a church that God can trust to bring His children to.
We are going to be looking at our Sabbath Schools and our lesson study time as something we would like to strengthen here in Tillamook Adventist Church. As Adventists we believe that the study of God’s Word to be key in our protection at the end of time. To study the word of God together is of great importance. So we will work together to create an opportunity for our Sabbath Schools to be a blessing to all.
We are looking at strengthening our worship services. We know that music is generational to some extent. But, just to tell the old, old story through old, old songs leaves the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on new voices and new ways of expressing grace out of the growth of the church. We are made stronger by celebrating God’s gifts from Eden to Eden, and in the knowing that God is still at work with us today.
Have a great July!
In His Matchless love,